Team Sage’s Barry and Cathy Beck were recently inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Class of 2011. Barry and Cathy are long time Team Sage members.
August 18, 2011 (Bainbridge Island, WA)–Sage Manufacturing, fly–fishing industry leader, announces a new category of fly rod using Konnetic™ technology called the ESN (European Style Nymph). Designed to fit most styles of European tournament nymph fishing, this style of short–line, contact nymphing is gaining popularity in North America.
As heavy fishing pressure tends to push trout out of open feeding areas into faster, choppy runs protected by rocks and structure. Europeans developed a style of direct line nymphing using multiple, weighted flies fished under tension on light tippets to systematically dissect these micro-environments, catching fish when no other method could.
August 18, 2011 (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) –The new Bass II series of rods from Sage is designed for anglers looking to fly fish for bass and other warm water species found around the world with exactly the right tool. Ultra responsive rods with more butt strength and a new Peacock bass model offer anglers the opportunity to add varied species to tick lists. Continue reading
June 23, 2011 (Bainbridge Island, WA) – Sage Manufacturing, fly-fishing industry leader, launches the ONE™ rod series. The ONE rod is the first precision casting instrument to take advantage of Sage’s groundbreaking Konnetic™ technology. The ONE offers exceptional tracking with virtually no lateral or torsional movement, resulting in astonishing casting accuracy that is unparalleled in the marketplace.
There it was again, a dimpled rise. Crouching low, I flicked the line out, stopping the cast abruptly to put some slack into the leader. It was good, landing a rods length above the now diminishing circles; the small dry fly bobbed and twirled on the current. There was a flash of color, a sip and in a blink the fly was gone leaving a tiny bubble as its legacy.
We all have a responsibility to land fish as quickly as possible so we can release them in good shape. There’s a series of prerequisites to accomplishing this. It begins with leader selection, which is determined by presentation issues, the fish species and our knot tying skills. Then it involves our understanding of how to apply pressure to a fish that is relentless which ultimately messes with the fish’s ability to swim effectively. It ends with our capacity to handle them respectfully when they come to hand (and to maybe snap quick pics before a release). The ‘base note’ that runs through all of this is a deep understanding of how to bend a rod and to take the fight right up to a fish, to break the fish without breaking our tackle.